How to Spend Your Labor Day Weekend
Despite global warming, Labor Day Weekend is still considered the official end of summer. Kids are going back to school, summer Fridays at your office are over, and the TV schedule is picking up again. This weekend is your final chance to take advantage of all that summer has to offer and there are going to be plenty of things to do. So, when is Labor Day? It is September 4th, so you still have time to prepare! Read on to figure out how you are going to celebrate/mourn the end of summer. Let’s start slow with some G-rated activities and work our way up to all out, inhibition shedding extravaganzas.
Family Friendly Celebrations
Jones Beach is the place to be any summer, so it will be especially popping Labor Day Weekend. According to their website, Jones Beach State Park is home to 6.5 miles of beautiful beach and 2400 acres of “maritime environment”. For those of use in the know, it’s possibly one of the best beaches to hit in New York. Each lot has a main building with concessions and necessities. The beach itself is clean and though the water may not reach tropical temperatures, on a hot day, it’s more than refreshing. Within an hour of the city via car, it’s worth the trip of the potential costs of a rental car. Everyone in your family will love this beach (but your doggies will have to miss all the fun, as this is not a pet-friendly place). Insider’s Tip: The ultimate post-beach pit-stop on your way home is Krisch’s Diner, where you will have some of the best ice cream in the tri-state area. Trust me that a single scoop is more than enough.
If you’re willing to make a weekend of it and head outside of the city, the New York State Fair is another fun LDW option. The entrance fee is only $10 per person and kids under twelve get in for free. Check the website, because each day brings new events and activities like livestock competitions, butter sculptures, craft beer competitions, and musical performances on various stages. Once you’re up in Syracuse, there will be plenty of places to eat and drink beyond the fair, so it’s definitely worth the haul.
For those families that would like to stay more local, there will be a Sunday matinee of Magic at Coney. Award winning magician Gary Dreifus performs close-up magic that will entertain both you and the kids. Tickets are $5 per kid and $10 for adults. Enjoy the show and then spend some time on the boardwalk or over at Luna Park (trust me, the kids will thank you).
Labor Day Weekend also marks the beginning of the U.S. Open, so grab the kids (or your friends, because they always have great signature cocktails) and head to the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center. It truly is the highlight of the summer season for New Yorkers of nearly all walks of life. The energy is some of the best in sports, bar none. Don’t double fault: buy tix now!
Of course, Labor Day is actually in recognition of those who organized and fought for better rights for laborers of all sorts. In honor of those who continue to fight, find a good spot behind a barricade and enjoy the spirit of the parade down Fifth Avenue (starting at 44th street).
On Labor Day proper, Pinks, a new speakeasy in the East Village will be holding an all-day drinking and eating extravaganza. For $30, patrons will have access to unlimited draft beers and tacos. They love live music, so if you’re lucky, you’ll be drinking and eating to some serious jams.
Riis Park Beach Bazaar is another place to eat, drink, and party over LDW. Though there are plenty of events, you should definitely hit up the Get Summered Beach Party. This “visual and sound collective” gets the bump and grind started early at 1pm. All you have to do is RSVP for free entry. Don’t get too carried away and forget to hit up the nearly two dozen food vendors! Coney Shack and Oaxaca will be open, so you can experience traditional tacos and tacos with a Southeast Asian twist.
If you are looking for non-stop action and VIP access, look no further than a club crawl brought to you by LA Epic Club Crawls. Come dressed for a night out and receive immediate access (no lines) to a bunch of the best clubs in the city. If you’re looking for a way to send the summer off with a bang, this is it. Grab your posse and get ready for an unforgettable night.
If you’re looking for something that you can only do this weekend, look no further than the Electric Zoo Festival. It’s truly one of those rare New York events, as it is an electronic music festival takes place on Randall’s Island (Unless you’re on a High School softball team, what other excuse do you have to go there?). Rain or shine, Ezoo has a killer line up of artists will play for the crowd well into the night. It should be noted that this isn’t Burning Man and security is tight (they will search the hell out of you). Wristbands are still on sale and the ship date has been extended, so you still have time to convince your friends that this is the ultimate way to spend Labor Day weekend. Prep for all weather and you should be set.
Whether you’re looking for more traditional ways to celebrate the end of summer or you want to go a more outlandish root, this guide has provided plenty of options for the adventurous New Yorker. Go with your gut and enjoy the last gasp of summer. See you out there!